Maskivker Receives Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship

July 01, 2021

By Elsa Wenzel

The Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship is given each year for outstanding scholarship and creative endeavors bringing national attention to Rollins College.

Julia Maskivker
Photo by Scott Cook.

Political science professor Julia Maskivker has received the 2021-2022 Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship. Her scholarship on justice, global ethics, and citizenship has helped put Rollins in the national spotlight since she came to the College in 2009. Maskivker’s body of work includes op-eds in The Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, and Quartz. Her 2019 book, The Duty to Vote, was critically acclaimed for its argument that citizens have a moral duty to vote. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in addition to two other books on political philosophy.

On campus, Maskivker teaches courses ranging from introductory political theory to advanced ethics, law, and philosophy seminars. She serves as an advisor in the Rollins pre-law program and works with the Democracy Project, a non-partisan student organization devoted to upholding the democratic process. Over the years, Maskivker has served the Rollins community through her work with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, where she supports eligible students in their efforts toward citizenship and naturalization.

“This award means a lot to me,” says Maskivker. “My work on voting and democratic ethics comes at a time when our own democracy seems to be standing on shaky ground—and my intention is to illuminate others and myself on the merits of still believing in equality and liberty for all.“

“All these activities symbolize my commitment to justice and government for the people, and I am happy that so many other colleagues here are inspired by it and want to work alongside me, side by side. I am also humbled that my students are so keen on listening to what I have to say, when we discuss these issues in class. I have received the warmest signs of support from many of them and I am so happy that I can participate in their education, and contribute to their civic conscience.”

The award is given each year for outstanding scholarship and creative endeavors bringing national attention to the College. It is named in honor of the leadership and academic vitality President Emerita Rita Bornstein ’04H ’04HAL brought to Rollins as its 13th president from 1990 to 2004.

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